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A Dead Stop, A New Start And A Reset Of The Big Game

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The View Up Here has a Triple Shot this week. Three events, three different results in three different environments and the same old problems in each of them.

The Dead Stop - New Brunswick will carry on with an interim caretaker Government as a result of election results as the four parties in play continue to try and make a deal to be in on the new Government. Brian Gallant is still Premier until he presents a Throne Speech to see if he can carry confidence of the House. By tradition and convention, that is his right as the Lieutenant-Governor has affirmed. But it has done nothing to limit the gamesmanship in the media from party leaders. Blaine Higgs continues to insist his PC party should get first crack while Kris Austin and David Coon pimp out their three seats apiece as Kingmakers.

The New Start - For the first time in a half century, Separation is not a front burner issue in Quebec government. Coalition Avenir Quebec roared to a majority win running on "Quebec Values" not independence while steady-as-she-goes federalist Liberal power was rebuked outside of metro Montreal. The Parti Quebecois is without official party status as leader Jean-Francois Lisee lost his own seat and resigned after the worst showing since 1970. Quebec Solidaire broke out of its Montreal base and finished ahead of the PQ, in effect becoming the de facto separatist party in the province with a strong left mindset.

The Big Game Reset - The new NAFTA is here, but its called the USMCA (United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement) and was pulled out of the fire just in time for the outgoing Mexican government to ratify it before power changes hands and moves decidedly to the left, avoiding any re-opening of the deal. When that is the big deadline motivation, how great could the deal be? Get ready for the non-stop partisan chatter out of Ottawa for the foreseeable future. Yippee.

The more things change...

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